My Practice


The fourth Sunday before Christmas is the first Sunday in Advent. Advent is the beginning of the Christian year, leading up to Christmas. It includes the preceding four weeks before Christmas Day.

On the first Sunday of Advent in December 2018, I wrote a poem inspired by one of the four scripture lessons, and I decided that day, as a spiritual practice, that I would try to write one poem a week based on one of the lessons in the Sunday service. Typically, most worship services have four lessons: from the Old Testament, the Psalms, the Epistles, and the Gospels.

This habit took hold. I enjoy doing this. After a few weeks, I decided to start posting these poems on Wordtreasure. My first posting was for the Sunday of February 24, 2019.

Welcome to the My Practice page. While the poems for the most recent quarter of the liturgical year are on the main page of Wordtreasure, you may access the older poems here.

Previous My-practice Poems

  • Click this to open the file.

This opens the PDF document containing my older poems.

  • Copy the highlighted scripture notation on the top line (for example, see Psalm 25:1-10 below).
  • Click the highlighted scripture.

This opens the website You will see a text box.

NOTE: I like because it only gives you the biblical texts that you enter in the text box. Many of the lessons have broken sequences. You don’t want to read text that is not cited.

  • Paste the scripture you copied into the text box.
  • Hit Enter.
  • Read the scripture, and then read the poem.

Suggestion for Reading

It is important that you read the scripture BEFORE you read the poem. Many of my poems (but not all) read like miniature homilies in which the sense of the poem is grounded in the scriptural text.